Ali Sangare Ivory Coast goalkeeper, has lost his father, barely a day after his blunder cost his side a point against Sierra Leone at the 2021 African Cup of Nations.
As a result of his actions, the Leone Stars were able to score a last-minute equaliser, which Alhaji Kamara scored.
Sebastien Haller gave the Elephants the lead in the first half, but Musa Noah Kamara equalized for Sierra Leone early in the second half to level the score.
Nicolas Pepe’s goal in the 65th minute appeared to have secured all three points for the Ivory Coast, but a critical error by Sangare allowed the minnows to score a late level.
It appeared that the goalkeeper was trying to catch a back header in order to prevent the ball from going out for a corner when he fell and made a complete mess of the matter.
A rebound fell to Steven Caulker, who cut it back for Kamara to deliver a simple tap-in for the equaliser.
Sangare also appeared to have sustained a knee injury and was unable to continue the game, resulting in Serge Aurier being obliged to take over in goal for the remainder of the game.
It has been verified that the goalie who is currently under pressure has lost his father, a day after committing a costly blunder.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) issued a statement on its Twitter page, expressing their sympathies to the Ivory Coast No. 1.
“Our hearts go out to #TeamCotedIvoire goalkeeper Badra Ali Sangaré who lost his father earlier today.
“Have faith in yourself,” the message said.
Meanwhile, many fans from far and wide have expressed their sympathies for Sangare on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
It was not immediately obvious whether he will be allowed to return home to his family during this difficult time.